Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Oliver Thomas and the Curse of the Car Nap

Reading books in the car


If I were to write a memoir about the last 6 months, "Oliver Thomas and the Curse of the Car Nap" would have to be the title.

If Ollie sleeps in the car at all, even as little as 5 min, he is completely thrown off his nap schedule for the rest of the day. Since we moved from two naps to one I have found myself kicking into high gear with distractions, songs, books, anything to keep him awake while we drive.

Take today for example. Ollie and I met Alex for and early lunch, and unfortunately we were in the car driving back home at 12. Big mistake. Nap time is anywhere from 12-12:30 so I knew Ollie was tired. We sang every song we knew, talked about Elmo and all his stuffed animals, but he closed his eyes 10 min from our house and I lost him to sleep.  He woke up when we pulled into the driveway, and as quickly as I could we walked straight upstairs to his room, got in his sleep sack, and he laid down in bed. Then he proceeded to talk to himself for an hour and a half before I gave up and got him up. An HOUR AND A HALF!!! I kept telling myself, "don't get him up, he'll eventually go to sleep", but he wore me down.  Ollie never got mad, he never cried, he just gabbed to himself (and Elmo) and had a grand old time playing in his crib. After I got him up he played for an hour or so before I put him back down for a nap, and this time he went right to sleep without a peep (he must have been exhausted!).

All's well that ends well I guess, but it feels like we spent the whole afternoon trying to nap! Does anyone else battle the car nap? Or do I have a unique child on my hands =)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Humble Brag

Question: what is the proper response when a stranger tells you your child is cute/adorable/darling/ etc?

This happens a lot to me when Ollie and I are out and about (warned you this was a humble brag), as I'm sure it happens to all parents.  I always feel awkward saying "thanks" because it's really a compliment for Ollie, not me. But since he can't talk and could care less if he's cute I just stand there and say something dumb like "well, I think so, but I'm biased".

When someone I know says Ollie is cute I have no problem agreeing and building upon their compliment, but there is something about a stranger congratulating me on my child's looks that turns me into a babbling idiot. Don't get me wrong, I love to hear it, but I have no good response.

Does anyone feel the same or am I the weirdo in these situations? Is it best just to say thanks and move on?

looking cute at greenlake


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Photo of the week: The Great Pumpkin


Ollie and Grandpa checking out Washington State's largest pumpkin winner!! What an array, what a display!

Happy almost Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Home Alone

Alex and Ollie left early this morning for Texas so I'm all by my lonesome for the weekend. It's only been an hour and it's already weird not having them in the house.  Hopefully I will get over missing them and get some relaxation in soon!!

I was sad to skip out on the annual Texas trip this year, but I'm excited to be Corina's Godmother at her baptism this weekend! And I know Alex and Ollie will have a great time visiting the ranch and seeing all the cows.

Here's a picture from our Texas trip last year when Ollie was 4 months old. 

Alex & Ollie in Canadian, TX Nov. 2012

Friday, October 18, 2013

Family Dinner: Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Welcome to soup season! One of the best things about fall is eating a bowl of steamy soup while the rain pours down outside. There are so many great soup recipes I've yet to try so I'm always on the lookout for a new fruit/veggie/meat combination.

On a recent trip to PCC Ollie and I shared a cup of the most delicious soup; butternut squash apple.  I love butternut squash, but I wasn't sure I'd love it pared with apple. I was worried it would be too sweet and fruity, but instead its just yummy! So yummy in fact that I recreated it for dinner!

PCC lists the recipe here, but I adapted it a bit to make it thicker and creamier.  I also roasted the squash before I added it to the soup base to give it a fuller flavor.

This soup is quick, easy to make, and doesn't require a ton of ingredients. I would highly recommended it!


Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (adapted from PCC)

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch squares (or two bags of pre-cut butternut squash from Trader Joes)
  • 1 large apple, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 can - 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Preparation: 
  1. Roast butternut squash. Drizzle 1 TBSP oil onto a baking sheet. Place cubed squash on oiled sheet and bake in oven for 20-30 min, flipping squash once of twice, at 450°.
  2. In a large stock pot saute apple and onion in remaining oil over medium heat until onions are translucent, about 5 min. 
  3. Add roasted squash, ginger and garlic and continue cooking for an additional 5 min. 
  4. Pour in apple juice and 1 & 1/2 cans coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce and simmer for 30 min. stirring occasionally. Add additional coconut milk if mixture is too dry.
  5. Using an immersion blender, blender of food processor, pureé soup until thick and creamy. 
My #1 soup fan!

Serve with warm crusty bread and butter! If you are feeding a young eater, especially one whose spoon skills still ramping up (ahem - Ollie), try pouring the soup over rice.  It thickens the soup even more and helps it stick to the spoon!

Enjoy!
 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Great Pumpkin

It's October so that can only mean one thing . . . Halloween!! I usually love Halloween but for whatever reason I'm having trouble getting in the spirit. Hmmm, could it be the fact that I'm 32 and not 12? Nah, that couldn't be it =) Plus I get to go trick or treating again now that I have a kid to take with me! I just bought some pumpkin lights from amazon so we'll see if that snaps me into the spirit.

Regardless of my dower mood, the fam tromped out to the pumpkin patch last weekend to pick ourselves some nice carvables and pet a few farm animals. Ollie had a grand time petting baby chicks, a bunny and some pigmy goats.  He's a hug fan of pumpkins since he's been given two baby ones on separate trips to the grocery store (lucky guys has a serious in with the produce peeps!), so his mind was basically blown by the immense field of "bupkins". 

 

Are you in the Halloween spirit? I'm in search of costume ideas, anyone have a good one to offer up? 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Photo of the week: Bedfellows


Ollie's new favorite spot in the house: Mommy and Daddy's bed. I can't blame him, there's really nothing better then snuggling up in piles of pillows and blankets, especially when it's rainy and cold outside. Plus, if he's hanging out in bed that means I get to lie down too! Bonus!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cookie Monster

It's cookie time! Ollie and I spent the morning making chocolate chip cookies together, and dare I say it was a success.  We are having some work done on our porch so I needed an indoor activity (aka time killer) since we were stuck at home.  Inspired by my sister Char who has been baking up a storm with her one year old son Freddie, we decided to try a cooking project of our own.

Ollie was pretty skeptical at the start of our activity. He spent most of the sugar/egg/vanilla blend sucking his thumb and occasionally getting up the nerve to do a few stirs.

Next time I'll crack the eggs =)

I wasn't thinking and I gave Ollie an egg to crack. I thought it would be fun for him . . . you can probably see where this is going. Instead of cracking it in the bowl (how would he know how to do that? duh!) he threw it as hard as he could on the floor. Ha! Clearly a mommy error. But by the time the chocolate chips were being poured Ollie was totally into it. He even snuck in few bites while I was trying to take a picture.

Sneaking a bite

The only real snag we ran into was when it came time to try the cookies . . . turns out Ollie is NOT a fan of chocolate chip! WHAT?? Who doesn't like a warm cookie straight out of the oven? Apparently I have the healthiest baby around. I on the other hand ate three in under a minute, mmmmmmm cookie so goood mmmmmm =)

Ollie's not a fan


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Photo of the week: Leonardo da YoYo


Every few months we receive a pamphlet from the county showcasing growth milestones and nutritional information for a child Ollie's age. We recently received our "Your Child at 15 Months" tri-fold, and one of the many skills a 15 month old child should start displaying is the ability to scribble.  I realized I'd never really given Ollie a chance to draw/paint/scribble - yikes! Cut to two days and one online shopping order later (thank you amazon prime!) and we can now show off artist YoYo's beautiful modern art sketches.  Think we have the next Picasso on our hands?

   

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A much deserved pat on the back?



I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts yesterday, the very funny Who Charted?, when the hosts brought up the sense of accomplishment they feel after completing relatively mundane tasks.  The example given was when the host, after catching up on the TV show Breaking Bad in time to watch the finale, felt he had really accomplished something big. He watched the entire TV series, all 5 seasons!

I realize I totally do the same thing. I fold a load of laundry and I give myself a mental pat on the back. I drive to the post office to send a letter and  think, "Well done! You are so on top of it!" I dump a can of diced tomatos in a pan with some basil and I think, "Wow! Homemade marinara sauce . . .  you are awesome!"  These are easy everyday tasks that take minutes to complete yet I feel like I've accomplished something much grander. Heck, I'll probably even tweet out a picture of my finished project just to show everyone how fabulous I am, ha ha.

Is it a mark of my generation that I feel this way? I can't imagine my grandmas gave themselves a pat on the back every time clothes were folded or dinner was made. My guess is they did the job and moved on while I stand back and marvel at my *great* achievement. I don't neccesarily think it's a negative thing that I feel this way, it's just interesting. 

Do you experience the same sense of accomplishment after completing minor tasks or projects? What make's you pat yourself on the back?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sitting by the Seaside

With record Seattle rains pouring down it's hard to believe we were building sandcastles on the beach and dipping our toes in the Pacific Ocean just a few weeks ago!! I shouldn't be surprised to see fall weather since we're well into September, but we had such a nice long summer it's still a bit shocking to see those rain clouds overhead.

We had such an amazing time on the Oregon coast when Char and Freddie were visiting.  I feel very lucky that our family has a cabin (passed through generations) in Seaside, OR just blocks from the beach.  Even though I know the cabin is always available we don't make it down to Seaside often enough so I was thrilled we all went.

Seaside, OR

The kids had a great time playing on the beach and splashing in the freezing cold ocean water. Ollie had been walking for about 2 weeks when we went so he was able to toddle around and explore.  The beach was a fabulous place for my new walker to find his footing, mainly because I didn't have to hover around blocking his falls.  He was free to wonder around in the soft sand and tumble as he pleased.

Giving Ollie a smooch on the beach while cousin Freddie looks on.

I will be dreaming of those summer Seaside days as we approach winter.  While I love bundling up with an extra hot pumpkin spice latte, summer will always be my favorite season.

What is everyone doing to cure the rainy day blues? Any indoor kiddo activities you can share?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Back at it!

It's been too long blog world - sorry for my extended hiatus.  Since my last post we have moved into our new house (woot woot!).  As the saying goes the only thing harder than moving is death . . . and while I'm not sure I agree 100% with that sentimate it has kept me super busy. But enough excuses.

The new house!
Besides the moving we've also been lucky enough to be a part of two very important weddings this summer. My brother Max and his lady Natalie were married at the end of August, and a week later Ollie made his walking debut as the ring-bearer for two of my bestest friends Anton and Jody.  I love wedding season, fun celebrations, dancing and great friends.

My two sisters, Char and Margaret, traveled with their dudes and baby from Edinburgh to Seattle for the celebrations, which made it all the more fun. We've since been running around doing a mad number of activities trying to soak in the final days of summer. It's always so nice to have the whole family back in Seattle.  It's especially fun seeing all four cousins back together again!

Bath time! 4 cousins in the tub!

What are you doing to keep the summer vibes going? I'm running out of ideas!
  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Party like it's 2013


As you may have read, Ollie turned one last week! I'm sure you saw it trending on twitter, but in case you missed it here is a minor recap of his big bday party.

We celebrated Oliver's first year with a lovely beach party at Golden Gardens.  We had a great time playing in the sand with friends and family, and although Ollie wasn't a huge fan of his cake (what?), he handled all the attention that was heaped on him pretty well.

I had considered BBQing for lunch but it seemed too complicated (you know me, I only do simple and easy!) so instead we noshed on a delishious spread of summer salads, marinated chicken and steak, and fresh berries for lunch.  Instead of cake I opted for portion controlled cupcakes (ha) with my mom's famous lemon frosting. I don't know what Ollie was thinking, they were delectable!


When we talked about getting pregnant we thought it would be nice if he was born in the summer since Alex would be off work, but we never thought about the other perk of having a summer baby; outdoor parties in the sunshine!  It's a little extra prep to get everything together and down to the beach, but once we were there the water and sand took care of the entertaining for us. Plus, no clean up!


A highlight of the party was a surprise visit from our friends visiting from Japan, Curtis and Terumi and their two boys.  How many 1 year-olds get to have international friends at their birthday party?! Ollie is one lucky lad!

Happy Birthday Ollie!


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Birthday Boy: 1 year old!!


Our little baby boy is not so little anymore. Ollie turned 1 year old today! We celebrated with friends and family at Golden Gardens, look for a post on all our birthday beach fun coming soon.
 

In the meantime here are some of Ollie's highlights from his 11th month: 
  • adding new words to his vocab, including; airplane, boat, dog, and Anna (of all things)
  • mimicking words and sounds
  • scooting all over the place (his form of crawling)
  • points out planes in the sky and boats in the water
  • walking while holding on to someones hands
  • singing along to 'ba ba black sheep'
  • teethed 3 additional teeth (what a month!)
  • giving tons of smiles


Happy Birthday Oliver Thomas!! You've brought us so much joy and love in such a short time. Can't wait to see what year 2 has in-store for us!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Scientificly Proven Good Time!


Seattle has seen its fair share of sunny days recently but unfortunately last Monday wasn't one of them.  I am always racking my brain for rainy day activities so when I woke up to the rainy pitter patter on the roof I let out an audible groan.  Should we stay inside or try to brave the weather outdoors somewhere?  Is it worth bundling up to head out or our we better off killing time playing with the same old boring toys inside? Arggg.

Luckily for us Francie has an annual pass to the Pacific Science Center! Better even then that, the pass lets her bring up to 4 adults for free (no joke, best deal in town!).  We decided to make a day of it and packed up the kids, a lunch and an Alex (ha ha) and headed downtown.  I haven't been to the Science Center in quite a while so I was pleasantly surprised to see all the toddler exhibits and activity spaces. They have a great play area just for the minis equipped with musical instruments, giant legos, books, climbing toys and slides, and water basins to splash around in.  Ollie and Keeley had a fantastic time exploring the area and banging on all the toys. 

The highlight for me was the butterfly exhibit. The adults and kids had an equally good time watching tons of butterflies zoom around. Two even landed on Alex!


After we'd had our fill of the museum we headed outside and ate a picnic lunch by the fountain. The rain had stopped and the sun was even peaking through.  I love the fountain at the Seattle Center.  There is almost always some lunatic attempting to run and touch the middle of the fountain only to get sprayed in the face (love it!), they play music so the kids can dance, and it always makes for some great photos.

What are your go-to rainy day activities? 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Photo of the Week: Go Mariner's


My lovely friend Michelle had Mariner's tickets she couldn't use this past weekend so we lucked out and went in her place! With Ollie's love of ball throwing he felt right at home watching the pro's toss the ball around.  He wasn't a huge fan of the loud clapping and cheering after the M's two home-runs (Raulllllll), but other then that he did a great job. 

The best part about the afternoon . . . M's won in extra innings!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Formula for Success


I will be leaving Ollie with his Dad for 4 days in early July while I attend a bachelorette party in Sonoma (yay!) and in preparation for my mini vacation I have been weaning Ollie off nursing and onto formula. Now that he's 11 months old I feel pretty good about the switch to formula for a month or so (doc. says breast milk or formula until 12 months) but it was still a hard decision. For some reason I felt a little guilty although I know 11 months is a long time, and I have nothing against giving formula to a baby, but for some reason it was still a bit emotional.

My plan was to replace one nursing session with a bottle of formula each week. Ollie was only nursing 4 times a day; when he woke up in the morning, after each of his two naps, and before bed, so dropping one nursing session per week seemed doable. Doable, that is, until he had his first drop of formula. Yeah . . . he wasn't having it. At all. Ollie's had a bottle of pumped milk before bed every night since he was a month or so old, so it wasn't that he didn't like the bottle. It was the formula plain and simple.

I tried different formula brands. I tried premixed formula. I tried mixing formula with coconut milk. I put it in a sippy cup, a regular cup. Nothing. So basically instead of replacing a nursing session with a bottle, he was instead dropping a feeding session altogether. We were down to just two feeding sessions, morning and evening, when he finally drank a mixed bottle of 1/2 pumped milk and 1/2 formula. Probably out of starvation (kidding, he eats tons of solid foods so no worries there). After two weeks of trying we finally had made some progress, but it took another week or so to fully get him into formula. Ahhhhhhh. Who knew it would be so hard? I truly thought I would put formula in a bottle and that would be that.

Saturday was my last day nursing Ollie, and it was very bittersweet. While it's nice to not have to pump each night before bed I do miss our cuddle time in the morning.  And I must say my favorite perk has been getting the chance to sleep in a bit. This morning Alex got up with Ollie and fed him a bottle while I slept until almost 8am!! I haven't slept that long since . . . well, since Ollie was born 11 months ago.  So all in all I'm glad I did it, and I'm very glad I will be able to enjoy Sonoma with my girlfriends and know Ollie will be ok.

The moral of the story: if you plan on weaning your babe before a year start early with your milk replacement!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Me and my dad.


Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! 
 Wishing you a relaxing and memory filled day with friends and family. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Birthday Boy: 11 months old!!


Oliver is 11 months old today, WOW!!

Unfortunately poor little Ollie got sick this evening and threw up all over his daddy, hardly a good end to an otherwise fun birthday.  There is nothing sadder than a little sick baby. Hoping he feels better soon and we wake up to our happy baby!
 
Here's some of Ollie's highlights from his 10th month: 

  • pointing to identify people and objects
  • talking (he said his first work - DUCK!)
  • scooting in a circle while seated
  • attempting to crawl by going up on his hands and knees
  • squealing when his cousin Keeley comes to play
  • pulling himself up on Mom or Dad
  • weaning from nursing to bottle only
  • not growing teeth (still has only two!)
  • showing signs of separation anxiety with strangers 
  • giving tons of smiles and cuddles =)

Can't believe he's almost a year old! It feels like yesterday we were bringing him home and now he's practically leaving for collage!


Monday, June 10, 2013

Photo of the week: Shoe Fly


The family traveled down to Vancouver this past weekend to celebrate Joe and Rose's engagement.  Before the fiesta party we stopped by Great Grandpa and Great Grandma's house and enjoyed the sunshine on their lovely deck.  Part way through our visit I noticed Ollie and Great Grandpa had the same shoes on!!! My 93 year old Grandpa and my almost 1 year old son apparently have the same sense of style - too cute!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Family Dinner: Citrus Couscous Salad w/ Chicken

Israeli Couscous Salad

A few weeks back I was returning something to Nordstroms (side note: the half-yearly sale is on now!) and I treated myself to a citrus couscous salad at their E-bar Cafe. YUM!!! It was a delicious combination of Israeli couscous, citrus flavored chicken, dried cherries and mandarin oranges.  The next day I couldn't get the salad out of my mind so I decided to try and recreate it myself, and I must say I did a FABULOUS job!

Here's the recipe if you want to give it a try.  I made the salad vegetarian by substituting Quorn Chik'n Tenders in for regular chicken so my mom and sister could eat it, but it's great either way.


Ingrediants:
  • 2 chicken breasts or 1 package Quorn Chik'n Tenders
  • 1 box Israeli couscous (8-9 oz)
  • 1 can Mandarin Oranges (29 oz)
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries 
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

1. Marinate chicken or Quorn Chik'n in 3 tbsp lemon juice and 1/4 cup olive oil for 20 min.  Cook over medium heat with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cool and cut into bite size pieces.

2. Cook couscous according to direction on the box. Cool and set aside.

3. Chop mandarin oranges into bite size pieces and set aside.

4. Combine chicken, couscous, mandarin oranges, arugula, and cherries in a large bowl.

5. Make salad dressing by combining remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup vinegar,  orange juice, and remaining 3 tbsp lemon juice. Whisk until well blended and poor over salad.

6. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate and serve cool.



This is a perfect summer salad and pairs very nicely with a light Pinot Gris. Enjoy!




Monday, May 27, 2013

Old MacDonald

A couple weeks ago, during the Seattle heatwave, my mom and I took Ollie and my niece Keeley to Kelsey Creek Farm, a restored and working farm that is owned and operated by the city of Bellevue.

Visiting Kelsey Creek Farm

The animals we're out grazing in the fields enjoying the sunshine so we were lucky enough to see ponies, sheet, goats, pigs, rabbits, and chickens.  I'm not a huge fan of petting zoos, they tend to overwhelm me and I always think some kid is going to get bit, so this was a fun way to see farm animals while staying safely behind the cute white picket fence.  Ollie was pretty neutral on the farm visit (10 months is a bit young), but Keeley (older and wiser at 20 months) loved pointing out and naming all the animals. She would walk right up to the fence and talk to them, and then turn back to Ollie wondering why he didn't do the same!


After we got our fill of the farm we walked through the park to the playground for a picnic lunch.  Keeley has been enjoying dining 'alfresco' (currently one of her favorite words to say) so she and Ollie had a great time sharing strawberries while my mom and I sipped our Diet Cokes.

What a wonderful day! Hopefully the rain will subside soon and we'll get a chance to visit again!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Photo of the Week: Newsies

Ollie and Great Grandpa Padden reading the morning news.

Ollie and I drove down to Vancouver, WA to visit Ollie's Great Grandparents.  We had a fabulous time sitting around the kitchen table drinking coffee, eating brown sugar cookies (recipe coming soon), and telling stories old and new.  We were also lucky enough to see a bunch of aunts, uncles and cousins while we were there. It's so nice to have family only a short drive away!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Birthday Boy: 10 months old!

Ollie turned 10 months earlier this week and I'm just now getting around to this post, better late then never I guess. Where does the time go??!!



This past month with Ollie was filled with travel fun.  We tool a family trip to Edinburgh and another to Santa Barbara. He's become a master flyer at such a young age!

Ollie is mastering new skills everyday, some of the highlights from his 9th month include: 
  • eating almost solely finger foods (exempting oatmeal)
  • continued interest in books, especially page turning
  • throwing the ball
  • attempting to crawl by going up on his hands and knees
  • clapping and waving
  • pulling himself up on Mom or Dad
  • continuing to find his voice . . . by screaming!!
  • showcasing his opinion with increasingly loud grunts until you figure out what he wants
  • jumping like crazy in the Johnny Jump-up
  • showing signs of separation anxiety with strangers 
  • giving tons of smiles and cuddles =)

Can't wait to see what happens in month 10!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Photo of the week: Play Ball!


Ollie's new favorite past-time is throwing things . . . which is both cool and dangerous. Luckily his favorite item to throw is a ball which provides us with countless hours of entertainment.

Above is a picture sequence of Ollie throwing the ball in his 10 month birthday shirt. Who knows, could have a future major leaguer in our midst!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Product Review: BABYBJÖRN soft bib

Ollie has been on a steady 3 solid food meals a day for a few months now, but I only just discovered this fabulous baby product. The BABYBJÖRN soft bib is WONDERFUL!


If you have a dog who cleans up after your baby's meals you may not need this as much as the rest of us, but if you're like me and you spend 5-10 minutes picking food up off the floor after each meal then this is the bib for you!!!

The soft bib catches all the slippery food that pops out of Ollie's hand on the way to his mouth, and he's even figured out how to reach into the bib pocket and pull out missed bites (both cool and somewhat gross at the same time). We've been encouraging Ollie to feed himself, so having this food catcher strapped around his neck has helped immensely.  I can only imagine how much it will help when he starts using a spoon.

If your baby eats like this, you NEED this bib!!

Hidden bonus with this bib . . . it doubles as a toy! Ollie loves to chew on the soft plasticy material (maybe not the best thing but it keeps him happy!), and he recently discovered the clasp and has been trying to figure out how to open and close it. 

Never thought I'd talk this much about a baby bib, but there you have it! As always, this post was not sponsored, I just really love this product and wanted to share.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Good Day Sunshine!

Seattle has been hit by a mid-May heatwave and we've been loving it! Yesterday Washington recorded the highest temperature in the country, amazing! I guess the bluest skies really are in Seattle, I knew it!!!

Backyard Dining

Alex, Ollie and I have been staying with my parents (thanks Mom and Dad) while we wait for our house to sell (fingers crossed!).   It's been really fun hanging out with my parents, and with Francie, Bobby, Keeley and Corina living about 5 minutes away we've been taking advantage of the good weather with family BBQs and backyard dinners.

Yesterday we bought the kids a blowup baby pool and they had the best time splashing around and playing out in the sunshine.  Ollie and Keeley have become the best of friends and play really nicely together . . . at least when they're not trying to kill each other with aggressive hugs (Keeley) and thrown toys (Ollie).

Kiddie Pool Fun

What are your favorite warm weather activities? I love visiting Seattle's various wading pools but unfortunately they don't open until June. Oh well, guess the kiddie pool will have to do =)

Lets hope this good weather sticks around!!

Splish Splash

Monday, April 22, 2013

Trip Review: Edinburgh


It's currently 7 am and Ollie and I have been up since 3 . . . oh jet lag you evil mind bender.  It's totally worth it though because we had a fabulous time in Edinburgh.


The day after we arrived a Alex and Andy ran the Edinburgh Rock n' Roll half marathon in some extreme wind and rain. The rest of us went to the finish line to cheer them on and got a taste of the Scottish wind - wowza! So impressed they were able to handle the weather and the hills, especially Alex who was also battling jet lag.  Let's just say I was glad to be a spectator at this race and not a participant.

Both Alex and I have been to Edinburgh before so we didn't feel the need to see a ton of tourist sites. Instead we spend most days interspersing site seeing with more everyday baby activities (park, swimming, story time).  We did visit the Royal Yacht Britannia which neither of us had done before. If you're ever in Scotland I would highly recommend it, it's super cool.  We also hit up the castle, walked the Royal Mile, shopped on Princess Street, and hiked the Holyrood ridge. Here are some pics from the trip.


Ollie did really well with the flight.  I was a bit nervous going into it but he actually slept 4 1/2 hours on the way over and 3 hours on the way back. Not bad! That combined with lots of looooong meals consisting mostly of fingers foods (it still takes Ollie a while to feed himself) really helped the time pass quickly.



Ollie and Freddie also celebrated birthdays while we were visiting. Happy 11 & 9 months cousins!